Merri Creek Management Committee has been awarded a $17,905 Community Grant from Melbourne Water to diversify habitat structure and promote bird habitat in the vicinity of Phillips Reserve and Kirkdale Park, Brunswick East. There are many gorgeous birds that feed, play and nest along this stretch of the creek including sociable Red-Browed Firetail Finches (photo) which require habitat with a dense understorey. The grant will fund the planting of 700 understorey plants and shrubs across the sites with the help of the community, as well as weed control in the preliminary stages and whilst the plants are establishing.
You can help with the planting on 14 July at Phillips Reserve, Brunswick East. Subscribe to our events notification emails for details of this and other events.
Would you like to do something about the litter that gathers along the Edgars and Merri Creeks after rainfall? In 2018, twenty-nine volunteer cleanup events were held (that we know of) with 350 people contributing to this massive effort. In 2019 we are hoping for even more.
Friends of Merri Creek encourages community litter cleanups on creeks in the Merri catchment, but wants to make sure that this is done safely. See Friends of Merri Creek community litter collections page. The Friends also need your help to collect information on the type and amount of litter entering the creeks, with the aim of tracing it to its source and planning to prevent further litter from reaching the creeks.
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Sunday 5 May 2019, 12noon - 2pm
Meet at Darebin Parklands, end of Separation Street, Alphington. Map here.
Alphington train station is a 5 minute walk away and there is bike parking.
Join Aboriginal Cultural Educator Uncle Trevor Gallagher (a Gunditjmara Elder with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung speaking rights)*, who will discuss Aboriginal history, culture in relation to Darebin Creek. Along the way, MCMC Waterwatch Coordinator, Julia Cirillo, will point out current waterway issues, help you find aquatic creatures and test the water quality, while explaining what we can do to improve the ecological health of Darebin Creek.
Bookings are now closed.
During the recent Victorian election campaign, the ALP promised to create the new Upper Merri Parklands. This is a welcome recognition of the importance of the upper Merri and the potential for continuous linked parkland along the entire length of Merri Creek. It reflects a 2016 joint initiative of MCMC, Friends of Merri Creek and Wallan Environment Group for the creation of the Greater Wallan-Merri Park, a living landscape for a liveable Melbourne. We look forward to the new Labor government delivering on this promise as prompt action is needed to secure the park.
Labor's commitment also included funding a feasability study for the Wallan Regional Park. This new park, centered on the former Hernes Swamp, is a key part of our vision for the Greater Wallan - Merri Park. It includes the potential to reinstate parts of the swamp, to create an attractive, biodiverse focus for the park.
(Photo: upper Merri Creek in Merriang.)
Volunteers have been hard at work raising rare plants as part of the Friends of Merri Creek’s three-year Secret Seven seeds project, which aims to increase the seed supply of seven rare Merri Creek plant species. Northcote resident Jane Mullett has successfully raised Plains Yam Daisies to the seeding stage. She says "I am getting heaps of seeds off them. I am harvesting between 3-5 puffballs every second day!". The plants were initially grown by VINC.
The key stages in the growth of these plants has been documented by renowned local photographer, David Tatnall. See the superb sequence under 'Read More.'
This project is funded with the support of the Victorian Government. The Friends of Merri Creek have contracted MCMC to help deliver the project.
A recent evening event looked at intercultural cooperation and being careful together on Wurundjeri Country. Uncle Dave Wandin, from the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation & Cultural Heritage Council, and MCMC’s Special Engagement Programs Coordinator, Angela Foley, were in conversation at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies. Uncle Dave and Angela referred to many places of connection over ten years of projects on Wurundjeri Country and in particular, projects focussed on the confluence of Merri Creek and the Yarra River (Birrarung), for example the Merri-Yarra Biik project. The conversation was facilitated by Prof Libby Porter from RMIT University.
A current Wurundjeri - MCMC partnership project continues the focus on the Merri-Yarra confluence. It is supported by a three year grant from the City of Yarra’s Investing in Community Grants, with the first year close to completion.
|24 Apr 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday volunteers - Re-scheduled to 1/5
|26 Apr 2019;|
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Frogs of Fawkner
|28 Apr 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Woody Weed Whacking, Bababi Marning #1 in 2019 - Campbellfield - Friends of Merri Creek
|30 Apr 2019;|
06:30PM - 07:30PM
What frogs live in Lalor?
|01 May 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday Volunteers - Friends of Merri Creek
|04 May 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Litter Clean-up – Northcote